Invest in Youth: Pathways to Success Event

Youth unemployment has become a national crisis with 5.5 million Americans ages 16-24 that are not in school or unemployed, with African-American and Latino young adults representing the largest numbers. In particular, Boys and Men of Color (BMOC) are often barred from opportunities that lead to employment pathways and stable livelihoods. We can no longer [...]

OUSD Invests to Improve Outcomes for Latino Males in Oakland Public Schools

Urban Strategies Council applauds the Oakland Unified School District’s recent announcement of plans to support the Unity Council’s Latino Men and Boys program at eight schools in the district. With support from multiple partners and local agencies, this unprecedented investment reflects a strong commitment to improving academic, social, and life outcomes for Latino males in [...]

By | 2015-09-15T08:33:15+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Categories: Boys & Men of Color, Major Initiatives|Tags: , , |

New Tool For Tracking Indicators For Boys And Men Of Color Initiatives

We have just released a new Boys and Men of Color Indicator Guide, which identifies the focus indicators for various local and national initiatives to improve the lives of boys and men of color and describes why each indicator is important. The launch of the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) initiative by President Obama early last [...]

By | 2017-05-18T11:34:08+00:00 September 8th, 2015|Categories: Boys & Men of Color, Tools|Tags: , |

From Theory to Practice: Three Lessons on Equity and Collective Impact

First posted on the Living Cities blog: This is the second of a two-part series on insights about equity in collective impact emerging from Urban Strategies Council’s work in Oakland, CA, exploring how the process of working together with an explicit equity agenda across communities and systems can strengthen very local, grassroots efforts in specific [...]

By | 2017-05-18T11:34:09+00:00 May 7th, 2015|Categories: Boys & Men of Color, Cross Sector Collaboration|Tags: |

Hard Math for Boys and Men of Color in Alameda County

Inadequate Education + Low Income + High Rates of Illness = Unhealthy Communities for Boys and Men of Color and Their Families In Alameda County Few would dispute that income and education are important for well-being and long-term health. This relationship is well documented and supported by an impressive body of research, much of which [...]

Investing In Opportunity Youth In Oakland-Alameda County

Last week we were awarded an implementation grant from the Aspen Forum for Community Solutions for our Oakland-Alameda County Opportunity Youth Initiative. The focus of this local initiative is to connect Opportunity Youth (young people aged 16-24 years who are not in school nor employed) in Oakland-Alameda County to stabilization services, education and training, and [...]

By | 2017-05-18T11:34:11+00:00 July 31st, 2014|Categories: Boys & Men of Color, Cross Sector Collaboration|

Innovative Solutions: Richmond ONS Peacemaker Fellowship

Last week, the City of Richmond Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS) was featured on Al-Jazeera’s America Tonight two part series “Paying For Peace” on their innovative approach to violence prevention and reduction. On Tuesday, April 1st 2014 the joint tables of the Oakland – Alameda County Alliance for Boys and Men of Color Alliance welcomed [...]

By | 2017-05-18T11:34:12+00:00 June 23rd, 2014|Categories: Boys & Men of Color, Community Safety and Justice, Economic Development|

Who Are Boys and Men of Color?

Urban Strategies Council and the Oakland-Alameda County Alliance for Boys and Men of Color (BMoC) are excited about the President’s announcement of the launch of a new initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, focused on improving outcomes for boys and men of color. For over three years, the Oakland-Alameda County Alliance for Boys and Men of Color [...]

By | 2017-05-18T11:34:14+00:00 March 6th, 2014|Categories: Boys & Men of Color|

Our Response to My Brothers Keeper

Urban Strategies Council and our partners in the Oakland-Alameda County Alliance for Boys and Men of Color appreciate and applaud the President’s announcement of a new partnership focused on improving outcomes for boys and men of color.  The President’s effort, coupled with the work already under way among public sector and community leaders in Oakland [...]

By | 2015-09-10T11:15:53+00:00 February 27th, 2014|Categories: Boys & Men of Color|

Open Data stories #1

An underlying premise behind open data is that you, the creator of a dataset, may not know the best use of your data and therefore need to leave the data open and let the future decide. It is a hard decision for a data analyst who believes that data needs to be properly handled by [...]

By | 2014-02-12T12:04:47+00:00 February 12th, 2014|Categories: Boys & Men of Color, Cross Sector Collaboration|